March 12, 2014
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide nursing home support to persons under the age of 65 years where the financial burden as presently required under the fair deal scheme will not leave spouses and children in dire financial need; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply from Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: As the Deputy is aware, the Nursing Homes Support Scheme is currently being reviewed. The terms of reference for the review are:
It is expected that the review will be completed by Q2 2014. As the Scheme is statutory based, the implementation of any recommendations arising from the review may require amendments to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act, 2009.